Sophomore's victory was first 125 pound win in school history
Delgado and three Illini wrestlers still alive
Polz and Blanton earn All-America honor
Illini tied for 12th after first day of competition
Session II begins at 6:30 p.m. CT
Pictures from the final session of the 2013 Big Ten Wrestling Championships.
Session 1 of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at the Assembly Hall.
Session 2 of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at the Assembly Hall.
Photos from the Illinois vs. Iowa match on Feb. 8, 2013
Photos from Illinois vs. Penn State dual on Feb. 3, 2013
2013 NCAA Qualifier
2012-13: Full time starter at 133 ... Qualified automatically for the 2013 NCAA Championships by finishing sixth at the Big Ten Championships ... Went 0-2 at NCAAs ... Was ranked a career-best No. 7 by W.I.N. Magazine ... Defeated two-time All-American Chris Dardanes of Minnesota by a 17-8 major decision ... Went 4-2 at Midlands ... Won the Loras Open and finished third at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open.
2011-12:Full time starter at 141 ... Finished sixth at the 2012 Big Ten Championships ... Posted a 5-3 Big Ten record including wins over Purdue, Michigan State, Northwestern, Indiana and Wisconsin ... Placed fifth at the Loras Open, winning three matches by pin ... Finished season with a 15-15 record, a career-high wins.
2010-11:Served as Jimmy Kennedy's back-up at 141, going 3-2 in the month of January when Kennedy was sidelined with an ankle injury ... Scored a 25-9 four-point technical fall in the Wisconsin dual that gave the Illini a tie with the No. 3 Badgers ... Also scored victories against SIU Edwardsville and Michigan State.
2009-10:Illinois' starter at 133 ... Went 13-18 on the season, including a 5-11 dual record and 1-7 mark in Big Ten duals ... Placed second at the Lindenwood Open, falling only to former NAIA national champion Ray Stephens, who was wrestling unattached ... Went 3-2 at the Las Vegas Invitational ... Went 1-2 at Midlands ... Went 0-2 at the Big Ten Championships.
2008-09:Redshirt season ... Went 5-1 and placed third at the Missouri Open.
HIGH SCHOOL:2008 Asics folkstyle national champion ... 2008 Illinois freestyle state champion ... Placed fourth at the 2006 Illinois Class AA state tournament ... Three-time state qualifier ... Three-time All-Southwestern Conference ... Holds the Edwardsville school records for single-season and career takedowns with 190 and 401, respectively.
PERSONAL:Born on Aug. 1, 1990 ... Parents are Daryl Thomas Sr. and Michelle Robinson ... Enrolled in the general curriculum ... Has five younger siblings: sisters Cherelle, Abigail and Lydia, and brothers Daniel and Gabe ... Majoring in communication.
Thomas' career record